COLE, Ann Charlotte (née Davis)
Passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Born December 14, 1923 at Tardebigge, Worcestershire, England. Ann grew up by the canal at Tardebigge with her parents Fred and Annie Davis and her siblings Arthur, Edwin, Jane and Sheila (all deceased). Ann and her siblings had a wonderful childhood playing around the canal and exploring the English countryside on their bicycles. As a teenager in the 1930's, she was an active member of the local bicycle club. She trained to be a nurse at the Royal Worcester Infirmary during WWII. She spent the remainder of the war nursing in England. It was during this time that she met her husband-to-be, James Cole. In 1948, Ann left England and joined her fiancé James in Ottawa, Canada to become his wife. Together they raised five children: Deirdre (Alan Favell), Diana, Thomas, Pia (Chris Trothen) and Francesca. She is survived by her husband James, her sister-in-law Ursula, her children and their spouses and her step- grandchild, Julie. Ann had a passion for nursing. She worked as a nurse from time to time, while raising her children. She returned to the profession full time later in life. She worked at the Gatineau Memorial Hospital in Wakefield and later the Ottawa General Hospital. Ann loved nursing so much, she did not retire until aged 67 in 1990. She was a much-loved nursing mentor and colleague over the years. After retirement, Ann volunteered at the Ottawa Public Library and the Red Cross. Never one to run short of energy, Ann enjoyed sports and outdoor activities, such as bicycling, cross country skiing, tennis and hiking. She inherited a love of gardening from her father. She could often be found in the garden in the company of one of the many family pets that shared her life over the years. Ann was an intrepid traveller. She visited many parts of the world on cultural and outdoor holidays. She was always game to try a new adventure. These included white water rafting, ocean kayaking, heli-hiking, mountain biking and even Pilates. Ann read for pleasure all her life. She enjoyed reading in her favourite chair with a cup of tea and a family pet or two nearby in the afternoons. She passed her love of reading to all her children. Ann was known for the kindness, warmth, sense of humour and generosity that she shared over the years with family and friends. She touched everyone that knew her in a special way. Thanks to Dr. Stewart and the staff of Unit A-3 at the Civic for the care and support they provided to Ann and her family. There will be a celebration of life for Ann at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 130 Glebe Avenue, Ottawa, followed by a reception at the church. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society or St. Matthew's Church.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 4, 2017.